The Brit List 2021 Awards
Robin Hutson – Hotelier of the Year
Recently crowned Hotelier of the Year, no one has arguably done more for highlighting the plight of the hospitality trade in the UK than Robin Hutson, Founder of The PIG Hotels. Talking about the challenges of the repeated lock-downs and his desire to make the hotel business an appealing career choice for younger people, Hamish concludes this editorial series with an insightful discussion with Robin about the future of the PIG Hotels in the UK.
Founder, THE PIG Hotels
There is arguably no one who has done as much as Robin Hutson in highlighting the plight of the hospitality industry in the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic, through his ‘Seat at the Table’ campaign. With 45 years’ experience, Hutson has led some of the world’s most famous hotels, including, but not limited to, Claridge’s, The Berkeley, Hotel de Crillon and Hotel de Vin, and between 1995 and 2008, he was Chairman of Soho House Group, assisting Nick Jones shape the ambitious expansion of the game-changing brand into Europe and the US. Hutson is now Chairman and CEO of the much-applauded Lime Wood Group and Founder of another ground-breaking and some would say, “Britain’s best loved collection of country hotels, THE PIG.”
Leader, GROHE SPA, LIXIL EMENA
Karl has been in his current role with GROHE for more than six years. He works with architects and designers on the specifications for their projects around the world, ensuring they have the information and support they need to bring their builds to completion, while giving due consideration to sustainability and environmental impact. He is the author of GROHE’s RIBA-approved continuing professional development modules on water-saving, 3D printing and hygiene.
Editor Hotel Designs
Hamish Kilburn is the editor of Hotel Designs, which is the leading international hotel design website. For more than six years, Kilburn has been granted access into the world’s most esteemed design and architecture studios, while also travelling the globe to review groundbreaking hotels. In his day-to-day role, he is responsible for curating the content for Hotel Designs, bringing his readers the latest happenings, reviews, and features in the world of international hotel design. As a regular moderator of panel discussions at major international design fairs and respected presenter, Kilburn is confident to start conversations and lead debates in the interior design, architecture and hotel development arena.